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6 Tips for Renting to College Students

6 Tips for Renting to College Students

March 3, 2022

Most landlords choose a specialty or niche based on property type, rather than renter demographic. However, there are other ways to narrow your focus. One popular niche is college students. If you decide to go this route, there are some of the nuances you’ll have to consider. Why Rent to College Students? College kids might… [Read More]

The Death of the Paper Rent Check

The Death of the Paper Rent Check

March 1, 2022

Rent collection has and always will be one of the most contentious topics for landlords. It’s a sensitive issue that sparks passionate debates, arguments, and rants. And while landlords have typically relied on paper rent checks for the better part of a century, they’re no longer considered the ideal option for Katy landlords (or any… [Read More]

5 Tips for a Low Maintenance Rental Property

5 Tips for a Low Maintenance Rental Property

February 24, 2022

Generally speaking, real estate investing is a good strategy. (Most people are aware of this fact.) And when you consider how many different clever financing strategies there are, the majority of people could eventually own a rental property if they were disciplined. What is it then that keeps 99 percent of people from investing in… [Read More]

How to Declutter and Depersonalize Your House Before Selling

How to Declutter and Depersonalize Your House Before Selling

February 22, 2022

Home is characterized by words like warmth and safety. It’s the place you retreat to when the world gets stressful and chaotic. It’s your place – personal, special, and intimate. But when it comes time to sell, you have to forget about this. Suddenly, it’s no longer about you and your family. It’s about the… [Read More]

Minimalist Design and Styling Tips for Austin Homeowners

Minimalist Design and Styling Tips for Austin Homeowners

February 17, 2022

For decades, American homes have been getting bigger and bigger. And if you’ve been in Austin for any amount of time, you know that this city is no exception to that rule. With all of the people and money that’s poured into this city over the past several years, we’ve seen a significant rise in… [Read More]

How to Create a Safety Checklist for Your Katy, Texas Rental Property

How to Create a Safety Checklist for Your Katy, Texas Rental Property

February 15, 2022

Landlords and property managers in Katy, Texas, are responsible for maintaining safe, habitable dwelling units for their tenants. Keeping a property safe requires maintaining structures, land, appliances, and tending to problems like mold. Texas state law requires that you provide a safe, habitable home for your tenants that meets the following general requirements: Structural elements… [Read More]

4 Reasons to Avoid Becoming Friends with Your Tenants in Austin, Texas

4 Reasons to Avoid Becoming Friends with Your Tenants in Austin, Texas

February 10, 2022

When is the line blurred between tenant and friend? Is it ever okay to befriend a tenant? What happens when you befriend a tenant who tries to take advantage of you? Most landlords intentionally keep their distance from their tenants, not because they don’t like them, but because befriending a tenant can turn out to… [Read More]

Should You Help Tenants Who Can’t Pay Rent in Houston, Texas? 5 Considerations

Should You Help Tenants Who Can’t Pay Rent in Houston, Texas? 5 Considerations

February 8, 2022

Although it was designed to assist tenants, the national eviction moratorium, including all of its extensions, has been devastating for landlords. While renters across the country have been skipping out on rent for more than a year, property owners have been on the hook for paying their mortgages the entire time. By the time the… [Read More]

How to Deal with Water Damage to Your Houston Rental Property

How to Deal with Water Damage to Your Houston Rental Property

February 1, 2022

Water damage can be catastrophic to your rental property. Small water leaks can turn into major damage if they’re not handled immediately. Unfortunately, tenants don’t always report small leaks when they first happen. Sometimes they’re hard to spot, but other times, tenants are afraid of getting in trouble when they’ve caused the problem. Are you… [Read More]

8 Mistakes You're Making When Accommodating Disabled Tenants in Houston, Texas

8 Mistakes You’re Making When Accommodating Disabled Tenants in Houston, Texas

January 27, 2022

Under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), most Houston landlords are required to accommodate disabled tenants, provided their requests for modifications are reasonable and don’t impose a financial hardship on the landlord. At first glance, some modification requests might seem unreasonable. For example, it’s a big deal to replace a claw foot bath tub with… [Read More]